Derek Andersen is the founder and CEO of Startup Grind, our 200+ cities community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. In 2016, Startup Grind hosted 1,000,000 entrepreneurs at 1,200 events in 98 countries --- all from the first event being attended by 9 people in 2010. We get to hear the story of just how this prolific worldwide community came to be. Derek is a big fan of cities that rally together and create a startup community. He is passionate about helping those outside of the bay area understand how to get noticed by the right people so they can accelerate their success. His entrepreneurial career consists of mostly failures and occasional successes. Previously he worked at Electronic Arts in marketing roles on games like Burnout Paradise, Mirror's Edge, Sims 3, Need For Speed, Battlefield, and others. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three children.
Derek Andersen is the Founder & CEO of Startup Grind, a 400,000 person entrepreneurial community with 200 chapters in 85 countries run by more than 1,000 volunteers. Startup Grind's mission is to help every entrepreneur in the world. It's core values are giving before you take, helping others first, and making friends. Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like The Godfather, Burnout, The Sims 3, and Mirror’s Edge. He left EA in 2009 to start Vaporware Labs, a product incubator which mostly failed but built products including Commonred which was acquired by Income.com in 2012, and Startup Grind. After running Startup Grind as a side project for 2 years, Derek turned his full attention to scaling it from 3 chapters to 200 chapters today. In 2015 Startup Grind will host 1,200 events for 75,000 entrepreneurs. He currently lives in Palo Alto, California but has lived eight years outside the U.S. in France, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands.